Parallel Mothers

Parallel Mothers

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Penélope Cruz and Milena Smit (Cross the Line) star in this chance encounter drama from Oscar-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar (The Skin I Live In) about two single women of different ages about to give birth at the same time, forming a lingering bond. More

Two women, Janis (Cruz) and Ana (Smit), coincide in a hospital room where they are going to give birth. Both are single and became pregnant by accident. Janis, middle-aged, doesn’t regret it and she is exultant. The other, Ana, an adolescent, is scared, repentant and traumatised. Janis tries to encourage her while they move like sleepwalkers along the hospital corridors. The few words they exchange in these hours will create a very close link between the two, which by chance develops and complicates, and changes their lives in a decisive way.

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2022Rating: M, Sex scenes123 minsSpainEl Deseo
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Parallel Mothers | Reviews

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar continues a rich body of work exploring feminine history and desire, never shying from the raw, real, fragile essentials of existence.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Cruz is terrifically good value here - the film is essentially hers, and she navigates the plot's numerous emotional peaks and chasms like a seasoned Sherpa.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A film that's bent by hardship and pierced by tragedy but it finally bows out with a message of hope.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A ravishingly crafted work that again illustrates with ineffable beauty that no one uses the expressive power of color and design quite like Almodóvar.

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Variety

Variety

Straightforwardly sculpted and emotionally down-to-earth...

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

A movie of infinite tenderness...

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Most will require a flat-bed truck stacked with Kleenex to make it through this one without the irritant of tear-based obfuscation.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Offers many delights, one of which is that it ushers Almodóvar fans back to his comfortingly familiar milieu.

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The Times

The Times

From opening frame to closing titles, this is resoundingly, exquisitely, the Penélope Cruz show. But with a lesson in Spanish history.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

The movie is both bracing and consoling.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

A rare example of a director who can play the hits while still making the tune sound new.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Feels almost like stepping back into a long conversation with an old friend; a dialogue of decades, told two hours at a time.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

A ghost story as well as a story of transference, which Pedro Almodóvar understands to be one in the same.

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Paste

Paste

A deeply political example of what is lost when we have forgotten-and what is achieved when we fight to remember.

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Parallel Mothers | Release Details

Parallel Mothers is available to stream in New Zealand now on Google Play and Apple TV and Neon Rentals and Academy On Demand and AroVision.